Finding new ways of serving the older adult community during the COVID-19 pandemic has been the utmost priority for the USC Student Gerontology Association. In addition to beginning an intergenerational phone chain, SGA also decided to help support Project Angel Food — a non-profit which cooks and delivers meals to those living with serious illnesses.
Over 62 percent of Project Angel Food’s clients are older adults or have conditions that put them at greater risk for complications of the COVID-19 pandemic, which inspired Audrey Lam, SGA’s Philanthropy Chair, to choose Project Angel Food as a means of helping those older adults.
“I decided to begin a fundraiser for Project Angel Food after understanding in mid-March how the crisis heavily impacts our older adults,” Lam said. “Project Angel Food offers nutrition and brief social interaction when delivering such meals, which are both important components of well-being for our older adults. Being fortunate enough to be healthy in these times, I felt it was our obligation to come together to serve and support our older loved ones.”
Ryan Doyloo, the President of SGA, said, “While this fundraiser has been more difficult without in-person fundraising, SGA has been working hard to find different ways to reach our goals and support non-profit organizations that support local older adults.”
Led by SGA, members of the USC community have raised $410 over these last few weeks. Anyone interested in donating to the SGA Angel Food fundraiser can visit https://tinyurl.com/sgaprojectangelfood to give.